Accepting drug perks, or hiding the fact that you did. What’s worse?

There’s a movement afloat where medical students would cover up the names of drugs on promotional gifts with duct tape.

But, as medical student Adina Cappell notes, does that really solve anything?

“The problem is, by covering up the name of the pharmaceutical company,” she writes, “the future doctor does his patients and colleagues a disservice . . . By accepting perks, but refusing to give up the names of his bank-rollers, and by concealing their names on his complementary tote bag, the doc’s actions ought to be considered . . . as plain old corruption.”

Indeed, if a medical student was so virtuous, the gift would have been declined in the first place. Covering up the name of the drug really isn’t proving anything.

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